FC: Chamber of Commerce Trip to China October 1-9, 2010
2: Monitors show where we are in English and Chinese | The plane from the camera on the tail | The plane from the camera on the tail | This is where we are at 9:30 PM | The plane from the camera on the tail
3: We're almost there!
4: Sunday, October 3 - Beijing * Park * Temple of Heaven * Pass the 2008 Beijing Olympic venues * Jade Factory * Ming tombs * Great Wall * Crowne Plaza Sun Palace – 3 nights Monday, October 4 - Beijing * Tiananmen Square * Palace Museum (the Forbidden City) * Pearl Market * Summer Palace * Hutong Tour by rickshaw * Lunch at private home Tuesday, October 5 - Beijing/Shanghai/Suzhou Fly from Beijing to Shanghai lv8:00am arr9:55am * Shanghai World Expo * Bus to Suzhou * Stay at the Grand Metropark Hotel (4 star)
5: Wednesday, October 6 - Suzhou/Hangzhou * Hangzhou Silk factory * Lingering Garden * National Embroidery Institute * Tiger Hill * Canal Boat Ride * Holiday Inn Xiaoshan, Hangzhou Thursday, October 7 - Hangzhou/Shanghai * Boat cruise on West Lake * Longjing Green Tea Plantation * Lingyin Temple * Bus to Shanghai (about 2 hours) * Renaissance Shanghai Putuo Hotel - 2 nights Friday, October 8 - Shanghai * The Bund * Shanghai Silk Rug Factory * Yu Garden * Huangpu River Boat Ride * Visit old town bazaar * MagLev Train * ERA Show
6: The Crowne Plaza Sun Palace. We stayed here for the three nights we were in Beijing.
8: Sunday, October 3 Beijing We stopped at a park on the way to the Temple of Heaven. The people go there to exercise, play games, and visit with their friends.
10: The Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven is less a religious site than a historical one. Dating from the 15th century, it was where the emperor made an annual pilgrimage, complete with a huge entourage, to pray for good harvests. Commoners were prohibited from viewing the ceremonies. It is made up of several circular, blue-tiled buildings. The color blue represents the heavens. The crown jewel is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, which stands on a square marble terrace (representing the earth). The three-story building was fitted together without a single nail, peg or bit of cement. It was reconstructed after a fire destroyed the original in the 19th century.
14: Jade Worker
15: Jade Carvings
16: A Collection of Bathroom Pictures